Tottenham are planning a move for Paris St Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to the Mail Online. The 18-year-old has broken into the Ligue 1 champions' first team this season but has not yet established himself as a regular member of Laurent Blanc's side.
The youngster spent part of the 2012/13 French season on loan to Toulouse, where he scored once and created three goals from 12 league starts. And so far this season Rabiot has made three appearances for PSG (all off the bench) and scored once; he netted in the 2-0 win over FC Guingamp.
Rabiot could be persuaded to move to north London in exchange for first team football, although just how much of that he will get at White Hart Lane is not sure. Andre Villas-Boas already has Brazilian Sandro and new signing Etienne Capoue in the holding midfield role, with the highly rated Paulinho and Belgian international Moussa Dembele available to play in central midfield positions.
Spurs have spent massively this summer, in an attempt to cope with the exit of Welsh international Gareth Bale. The winger was the driving force behind the club's run to fifth in the Premier League last season, with a direct hand in 25 of the club's 66 Premier League goals.
The 24-year-old has since moved to Spanish giants Real Madrid, in a world record £85m move. And AVB claims the aftershocks of Bale's departure are still being felt around the north London club.
"The pressure we were subjected to by the player has been intense. The influence of Real Madrid has been very big and you get to a point where you have to consider if it's feasible not to accept an offer and whether you can press on with a player in that state of mind. Obviously, we should be happy with the transfer fee that was paid," the former Chelsea boss revealed.
Spurs resume domestic duties on 14 September, with the visit of Norwich City. AVB's men slumped to a 1-0 defeat to local rivals Arsenal in their last game and lie sixth in the Premier League table, with six points from three games.